Saturday, 15 December 2012

Akshaya Patra Providing Food for Children in India

There are various NGOs working towards various issues in India and around the world related to child rights, empowerment, social development, health and nutrition, education, and the like. Among all, The Akshaya Patra Foundation, a Bangalore based NGO in India works towards countering hunger and illiteracy among children of India. It implements mid-day meal programme to feed the children in Government and Government-aided schools.

The Foundation started the school lunch programme in June 2000 by feeding 1500 children in 5 schools of Bangalore. This humble beginning has today scaled up to an organization that provides food for children in India across 9 states in 19 locations. Currently, the organization feeds 1.3 million children in 9075 Government schools with freshly prepared, nutritious meals every day. There are many children for whom the lunch provided by the Foundation is the only complete meal for the day.

These meals also act as a powerful incentive for parents to send and keep their children in school.  10 centralized kitchens of the organization are ISO 22000:2005 certified with the capacity of producing up to 1,50,000 meals a day.

With the vision of “No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger”, the Foundation is evidently moving forward; thereby serving the billionth meal in August 2012. This milestone achievement acts a great source of motivation for the Foundation to reach out to the mission of feeding 5 million children by 2020.

Apart from providing food for children in Government and Government-aided schools, it also serves the society with its other feeding and social initiatives.

Other Feeding Initiatives 

1. Feeding expecting and lactating mothers
2. Feeding the children in special schools
3. Subsidized lunch for the economically backward
4. Feeding runaway children
5. Feeding senior citizens
6. Feeding the homeless
7. Disaster Relief

Other Social Initiatives

1. After-class Tuitions
2. Life Skills Programme
3. Scholarship Programmes
4. Community Health Camps

Through the feeding initiatives, the organization is attempting to benefit more and more children along with other needy section of the society. The social initiatives help children in getting an overall personality development. Through the community health check-up camps, the nutritional and developmental milestones can be monitored. The organization works with the belief that education and nutritious food for children can bring about a sustainable change in the long run.

This change will in turn break the cycle of hunger and illiteracy. With this view, it is in constantly trying to reach out to more locations, to cover more schools, and also to increase the efficiency of the existing kitchens, so that more children can be fed. To achieve this, new technological innovations are witnessed and many pilot projects are run in the kitchens on a regular basis.

Join hands with The Akshaya Patra Foundation to feed the children of India who are also the future of the nation. Your support will not only provide food and help them continue schooling. This in turn will provide the children with nutritious meal and education; and also nourish his or her budding mind.

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